The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The State Theatre in Culpeper, VA, in collaboration with the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, offers additional film screenings, regularly programmed on Sunday afternoons with occasional showings on other days as well.
The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
In case of inclement weather, for screenings at the Packard Campus Theater, check the information line at (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 no sooner than three hours before show time to see if the movie has been cancelled. For screenings at the State Theatre, call their box office at 540-829-0292.
For more information about how to attend, go to the “About the Theater” link at the top of this page.
Request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov
Thursday, Sept. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
RAINTREE COUNTY (MGM, 1957)
Elizabeth Taylor was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of a spoiled Southern belle in this Civil War epic. As Susanna Drake, she lures the pacifist abolitionist John Shawnessy away from his high school sweetheart and into an unhappy marriage. Frustrated, John leaves home to fight for the Union army while Susanna descends into depression and insanity. Directed by Edward Dmytryk, the film also stars Montgomery Clift and Eva Marie Saint.
Color, 168 minutes
Friday, Sept. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
AN IDEAL HUSBAND (Miramax, 1999)
A stalwart Member of Parliament (Jeremy Northam) learns that his career and marriage will suffer scandal unless he submits to a blackmailer (Julianne Moore). He turns his fate over to lifelong bachelor Lord Goring (Rupert Everett), "the idlest man in London." Oliver Parker directed this delightful adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic 1895 comedy which also features Cate Blanchett and Minnie Driver.
Color, 97 minutes
Saturday, Sept. 20 (7:30 p.m.) - SOLD OUT!
STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKE BACK (20th Century Fox, 1980)
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader. The much anticipated continuation of the “Star Wars” saga, Irvin Kershner’s 1980 sequel sustained the action-adventure and storytelling success of its predecessor and helped lay the foundation for one of the most commercially successful film series in American cinematic history. It was nominated for three Academy Awards and won a Special Achievement Award for visual effects. Stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher are joined by Billy Dee Williams and Frank Oz as the voice of Yoda. The original version of “The Empire Strikes Back” was added to the National Film Registry in 2010. We will be screening the special edition released in 1997.
Color, 124 minutes
Thursday, Sept. 25 (7:30 p.m.)
GATTACA (Columbia, 1997)
Set in a future where the wealthy can choose the genetic makeup of their descendants, the genetically perfect “Valids” dominate the natural born “In-Valids.” Vincent Freeman, who was conceived outside the eugenics program, struggles to overcome genetic discrimination to realize his dream of traveling into space. Andrew Niccol wrote and directed this science fiction tale that stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman with Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal, and Alan Arkin appearing in supporting roles.
Color, 106 minutes
Friday, Sept. 26 (7:30 p.m.)
UNBREAKABLE (Buena Vista, 2000)
After David Dunne survives a train crash unscathed that kills everyone else on board, he meets a mysterious stranger who suggests that David one of the "unbreakables" – people that have extraordinary endurance and courage, a predisposition toward dangerous behavior, and feel invincible. They also are said to have strange premonitions of terrible events. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the suspense thriller stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Wright.
Color, 106 minutes
Saturday, Sept. 27 (7:30 p.m.) - SOLD OUT!
STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI (20th Century Fox, 1983)
Set one year after “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi” deals with the rebel forces' last stand against the Empire and Luke Skywalker's fateful confrontation with his archrival, Darth Vader. Skywalker tries to rescue Han Solo and Princess Leia from Jabba the Hutt, while the rebel army and the small, furry Ewoks battle the enormity of the rebuilt Death Star. This finale of the original epic space trilogy was directed by Richard Marquand and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Frank Oz as the voice of Yoda. We will be screening the special edition released in 1997.
Color, 134 minutes
Thursday, Oct. 2 (7:30 p.m.)
NATIONAL NEWSPAPER WEEK DOUBLE FEATURE
FIVE STAR FINAL (Warner Bros., 1931)
Edward G. Robinson stars as a corrupt newspaper editor who uses exploitation to bolster the paper’s circulation. Nominated for an Oscar as the year's best film, “Five Star Final” was a condemnation of yellow journalism. This archetypal newspaper movie was widely imitated in the 1930s and 1940s. Mervyn LeRoy directed the powerful drama that also stars Boris Karloff, H. B. Warner and Marian Marsh.
Black & white, 89 minutes
BLESSED EVENT (Warner Bros., 1932)
In this fast-paced newspaper comedy, Lee Tracy plays an unscrupulous gossip columnist whose free-and-easy way with “facts” lands him in hot water. Tracy's character was based on newspaper and radio commentator Walter Winchell and the title is a Winchell tag line. Directed by the capable Roy Del Ruth and featuring Dick Powell in his film debut as a popular radio singer, the film is at its best when parodying commercial radio of the era. Also starring Mary Brian, Ruth Donnelly and Allen Jenkins.
Black & white, 80 minutes
Friday, Oct. 3 (7:30 p.m.)
HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Columbia, 1940)
Cary Grant stars as conniving newspaper editor Walter Burns with Rosalind Russell as his number one reporter (and ex-wife) Hildy Johnson. As Hildy attempts to quit the newspaper racket to marry her mild-mannered mama’s boy fiancé (Ralph Bellamy), Walter convinces her to cover one last big story. Howard Hawks directed this brilliant remake of “The Front Page” (1931) at a breathless pace, using overlapping dialog to increase the feeling of frenzy. This quintessential screwball comedy was named to the National Film Registry in 1993. Packed with character actors Gene Lockart, Porter Hall, Roscoe Karns, Clarence Kolb, Regis Toomey, John Qualen, Helen Mack and Billy Gilbert.
Black & white, 92 minutes
Saturday, Oct. 4 (2 p.m.)
NEWSIES (Disney, 1992)
Loosely based on the New York City Newsboys Strike of 1899, this musical drama stars a young Christian Bale as Jack Kelly, who organizes the “newsies” to protest a pay cut by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer (Robert Duvall). Featuring twelve original songs from composers Alan Menken and J.A.C. Redford, the film was an initial box office flop, but later gained a cult following on home video. A successful Broadway adaptation ran from 2012-2014. The film also stars Ann-Margaret, Bill Pullman and Michael Lerner.
Color, 121 minutes
Thursday, Oct. 9 (7:30 p.m.)
JAMES GARNER ON TELEVISION
MAVERICK (ABC, 1957-1962)
Although he had already appeared in several movies, “Maverick” is generally credited with launching James Garner's career. He starred as Bret Maverick, a cardsharp from Texas who traveled across the Old West and on Mississippi riverboats, regularly getting in-to and out-of trouble.
Black & white, 60 minutes
THE ROCKFORD FILES (NBC, 1974-1980)
Roy Huggins, who created the television series “Maverick,” wanted to recapture that charisma in a modern day detective setting for James Garner. In this series, Garner portrays Los Angeles-based private investigator Jim Rockford with Noah Beery, Jr. as his father, a retired truck driver. A departure from typical television detectives of the time, Rockford lives in a dilapidated mobile home/office, barely scrapes by, does his best to avoid fights, and doesn’t handle "open cases" so as to avoid run-ins with the police.
Color, 60 minutes
Thursday, Oct. 16 (7:30 p.m.)
MURPHY’S ROMANCE (Columbia, 1986)
James Garner received his only Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the title character Murphy Jones, a widowed druggist in a small Arizona town. He develops a cautious friendship with Emma (Sally Field), who moves to town with her son Jake (Corey Haim) to start a new life. In spite of their age difference and the appearance of Emma’s shiftless ex-husband (Brian Kerwin), sparks finally ignite. This subtle romantic comedy was directed by Martin Ritt.
Color, 107 minutes
Friday, Oct. 17 (7:30 p.m.)
THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (MGM, 1964)
Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky's cutting black comedy stars James Garner as Charlie Madison, a cynical American Naval Officer with a cushy job, as an adjutant to Rear Admiral William Jessup (Melvyn Douglas) in 1944 London. Charlie’s plans to avoid military action unravel when he falls for British war widow Emily Barham (Julie Andrews), and his commanding officer's mental breakdown leads to Charlie being selected as the first man to storm Omaha Beach. Controversial upon its original release, “The Americanization of Emily” was an anti-war film, poking fun at mindless patriotism years before such films were fashionable. The film earned Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.
Black & white, 115 minutes
Saturday, Oct. 18 (7:30 p.m.)
TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (Warner Bros., 1944)
Howard Hawks directed this classic WWII adventure thriller, loosely based on Ernest Hemingway’s novel. Humphrey Bogart stars as American expatriate Harry Morgan, who helps transport a Free French Resistance leader and his wife to Martinique while romancing Marie Browning, a seductive petty thief. Lauren Bacall made her acting debut as the sultry Marie, all the while falling in love with Bogart both on and off screen. Her performance garnered rave reviews with the usually reserved James Agee writing "Lauren Bacall has cinema personality to burn...a javelin like vitality, a born dancer's eloquence in movement, a fierce female shrewdness and a special sweet-sourness." She also got to speak one of filmdom’s most famous lines: "You know how to whistle, don't you?" Co-starring Walter Brennan and Hoagy Carmichael.
Black & white, 100 minutes
Thursday, Oct. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
DARK PASSAGE (Warner Bros., 1947)
In their third movie together, Humphrey Bogart plays an escaped convict, wrongly accused of his wife's murder, who takes refuge in the apartment a mysterious woman (Lauren Bacall) he's just met. Delmar Daves directed this film noir that is notable for the use of a first-person point-of -view camera from the perspective of the accused man for the first third of the movie. The film also features Agnes Moorehead, Bruce Bennett and Houseley Stevenson in the cast.
Black & white, 106 minutes
Friday, Oct. 24 (7:30 p.m.)
THRILLER (ITV, 1974)
Produced in the UK between 1973 and 1976, “Thriller” was a series of 43 short made-for-TV films, each written by prolific film and TV scribe Brian Clemens. Similar to “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” the films were later imported into the U.S. for showing as part of ABC’s late-night offering “ABC Wide World of Entertainment.” Since their original airing, the series has developed a loyal cult following due to its inventive plots, clever twists and colorful casting. Two episodes will be shown: “In the Steps of a Dead Man” and “I’m the Girl He Wants to Kill.”
Black & white, 120 minutes
Saturday, Oct. 25 (2:00 p.m.)
CASPER (Universal, 1995)
Based on the popular cartoon character, this family-oriented “ghost story" stars Bill Pullman as ghost psychiatrist James Harvey hired by the cranky Ms. Carrigan (Cathy Moriarty) to rid the rickety old house she inherited of spirits so she can find a treasure trove rumored to be hidden there. Her plan backfires when James's daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) befriends Casper, the friendly phantom who inhabits the place, along with The Ghostly Trio. Directed by Brad Silberling, the family fantasy-comedy was praised for its visual elements, which bring Casper to computer-generated life with impressive special effects and an enchanting production design.
Color, 100 minutes
Saturday, Oct. 25 (7:30 p.m.)
FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET (Paramount, 1971, R-rated *)
A rock musician confronts a stranger he believes is stalking him and accidentally stabs the man to death. The following day, he receives an envelope containing photographs of the shocking murder and an apparent blackmail begins. Italian horror master Dario Argento directed this chilling tale of terror that stars Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer and Jean-Pierre Marielle. The film is in Italian with English subtitles. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 104 minutes
Thursday, Oct. 30 (7:30 p.m.)
THE WITCHING HOUR (Paramount, 1921)
In this second of three film adaptations (1916 and 1934) of Augustus Thomas’s hit Broadway play, Jack Brookfield (Elliot Dexter), a gambler with clairvoyant and hypnotic powers, is able to win at cards through his unique gift. But when he inadvertently hypnotizes young Clay Thorne (future director Edward Sutherland), Thorne kills an enemy of Brookfield's while under a trance. No one believes Brookfield's protestations that Thorne is innocent of any murderous intent, so Brookfield teams up with a retired lawyer in hopes of saving the young man from the gallows. Made a year before director William Desmond Taylor was mysteriously murdered, this mystery/drama is one of the few films he directed known to survive. Film historian and silent film score composer Jon Mirsalis will provide live musical accompaniment. Mirsalis viewed this print that was preserved by the Library of Congress in 1985 and remarked that it was “very spooky with lots of visual touches.”
Black & white, 82 minutes
Friday, Oct. 31 (7:30 p.m.)
HALLOWEEN DOUBLE FEATURE
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES (Cannon Film Distributors, 1984, R-rated *)
Neil Jordan directed this dark and foreboding take on "Little Red Riding Hood" set in modern times. Rosaleen's (Sarah Patterson) grandmother (Angela Lansbury) tells her cautionary stories about innocent girls led astray by handsome men with heavy eyebrows and wolves howling at the full moon. This prompts Rosaleen to create her own fantasies about men and sexuality. David Warner and Stephen Rea co-star in the disturbing tale. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 95 minutes
HALLOWEEN MYSTERY MOVIE (R-rated *)
This skin-crawling, R-rated horror film will begin at 9:30 p.m. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 97 minutes
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